Feeling the Heat: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Climate Change / Edition 1

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Overview

For an increasing number of people, global warming is not an academic and scientific debate, but a matter of survival. As the planet warms at a rate of four degrees Fahrenheit per century, violent storms are increasing in frequency, icebergs are melting, sea level is rising, species are losing their habitats, and temperature records are being broken. Feeling the Heat consists of chapter-length visits by well-known authors to actual world "hot" spots, where people are already coping day-to-day with the consequences of climactic disruption. The locations for the book were strategically chosen because each represents a separate and important global warming impact, such as rising tides, melting glaciers, evolving ecosystems and air pollution. Feeling the Heat takes global warming out of the realm of armchair speculation and arcane scientific debate, revealing the process of climate change to be ongoing, serious and immediate.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415946551
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/2/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Motavalli is the editor of E: The Environmental Magazine, an award-winning bi-monthly, and author of the books Forward Drive and Breaking Gridlock. He writes on environmental subjects for The New York Times, Salon, and many other publications. He also hosts a public affairs radio show and teaches journalism in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
1 China: The Cost of Coal 11
2 Europe: Planning Ahead 25
3 Greater New York: Urban Anxiety 39
4 Antigua and Barbuda: Islands under Siege 61
5 Asia: Clouds Got in the Way 79
Photo Essay: Witness to a Warming World
6 Alaska and the Western Arctic: The Ice Retreats 95
7 The California Coast: Marine Migrations and the Collapsing Food Chain 111
8 Australia, Florida, and Fiji: Reefs at Risk 127
9 Pacific Northwest: The Incredible Shrinking Glaciers 141
10 Antarctica: The Ice Is Moving 157
Author Biographies 173
Endnotes 177
About E Magazine 183
Index 185
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